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Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 18.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner's Michael Specter's recent articles in the New Yorker bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods (" Seeds of Doubt "and " The Problem with G.M.O. Labels ") are the latest high-profile pro-genetically modified organisms (GMO) articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in U.S. soil today: Rather than reduce pesticide inputs, GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Ramon J. Seidler, PhD, former senior scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs as well as for citizens seeking to understand why their ...
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Dog Of Nurse Hospitalized For Ebola 'Wagging His Tail,' Safely In Quarantine 16.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola, has at least one thing she can stop worrying about: Her dog is being well cared for, according to city officials. Bentley, a 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, is in quarantine for three weeks at a former military complex , now decommissioned and owned by the city of Dallas. "He's adorable. Clearly a little puzzled by what's going on. But he's in good hands now and will be taken care of," Sana Syed, a city spokeswoman, said in a tweet this week. Pham, who had been treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, was hospitalized Friday. The dog was alone in Pham's apartment until Monday, when "workers in protective gear could remove him," per Yahoo News. This Oct. 13, 2014, photo released via Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed shows Bentley, the 1-year-old King Charles spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas) Unlike the dog of a ...
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Starbucks Customers Demand Company Switch To Eggs Laid In Less Cruel Conditions 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new petition by a nonprofit animal rights group asks Starbucks to stop using eggs produced by hens that live in cramped cages. Though some of the eggs Starbucks sells are laid by cage-free hens -- those used in the company's spinach and feta breakfast wrap and in a handful of its other breakfast sandwiches -- the petition alleges that the coffee retail giant gets most of its eggs from farms that use cramped battery cages to house egg-laying hens. "Despite claims made on their website to be offering 'ethically purchased and responsibly produced products,' Starbucks continues to purchase the majority of their eggs -- mostly used in their baked goods -- from cruel farms that confine egg laying hens in battery cages," The Humane League, the organization responsible for the petition, said in a statement to media. "These cages are so small that laying hens are unable to move around, spread their wings, or engage in any natural behaviors. Battery cages are illegal in several states and banned as criminal ...
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These Photos Prove That Yosemite Has Always Been Beautiful 9.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's not our oldest national park -- that title belongs to Yellowstone -- but it sure is pretty.

Yosemite National Park, which was first protected in 1864, is one gorgeous spot for waterfall-spotting, hiking through crazy tall sequoias and taking in breathtaking vistas in and around its 1,200 square miles.

To mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Yosemite Grant Act, the Park has released beautiful vintage shots of California's first state park

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Hunky Men Pose With Cute Pups For Animal Rights, And Thankfully Do It Shirtless 8.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of these guys is definitely looking for someone to go home with. Mark Delannoy poses with Taylor the dog for a really good cause. Photo credit: Mike Ruiz It's the dog, Taylor. The New York City-based rescue group that cares for him, Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue , is the organization behind a genius calendar that combines handsome shirtless men with adorable, adoptable doggies. The 2015 calendar, fittingly called " Hunks and Hounds ," benefits Louie's Legacy financially and also promotes animal welfare. "The message of the calendar is that we should all be kind to animals and protect them from harm," says Mike Ruiz , a celebrity photographer who shot the calendar's images. Human model Camilo Hatuka and Lenny the dog think you should adopt your next pet. Photo credit: Mike Ruiz Ruiz is well-known for LGBT advocacy on top of his animal rescue work. And he's appeared in front of the camera himself for the Show Your Soft Side anti-cruelty campaign , with his much-loved, very spoiled pit bull Oliver, who ...
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Of Food, Farmers and WTO’s Doublespeak 8.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Latest Attack On California's Humane Livestock Standards Struck Down By Judge 8.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The latest in a series of attempts to strike down California's humane livestock standards failed last week after a judge threw out a lawsuit brought forward by a coalition of Southern and Midwestern states. On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the lawsuit from Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) -- who was joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma -- condemning California's mandate that all eggs sold in the state come from chickens with enough room in their quarters to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs or wings and turn around freely. The attorneys, Mueller concluded, were acting not in the interest of their states' general populations, but rather in the interest of egg producers who want to sell to the nation's most populous state. In a press statement February, Koster's office argued that California's standards are in violation of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which "prohibits any state from enacting ...
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How Do You Make Republicans Care About Animal Testing? Anthony Bellotti Has A Plan 7.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Anthony Bellotti's day job is working as a Republican strategist specializing in opposition research, with clients that have included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, anti-Obamacare efforts and various pro-life campaigns. "But by night I advocate for animals trapped in the government’s taxpayer-funded experimentation laboratories," he says. "Ending forced taxpayer-funded animal experimentation is my life’s work. It’s my calling. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, it’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to sleep." A few years ago, Bellotti merged these two paths with White Coat Waste , a nonprofit whose aim is making folks on the right care about the estimated 25 million vertebrates used every year in U.S.-based laboratories -- many in horrific-sounding experiments, many of which are funded with taxpayer dollars. How many dollars? Bellotti estimates at least $12 billion in tax funding per year goes toward animal testing; PETA ...
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Place-Based Everywhere: Lessons from Flood Wall Street 6.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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'Honey Badger' Narrator Wants You To Care About Controversial Baby Monkey Experiment 4.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Remember Randall, the sassy narrator from the " Honey Badger Don't Care " video? Well, he's back as the narrator of a new video, put out by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, that calls for an end to controversial baby monkey experiments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism describes the National Institutes of Health-funded research as follows: The experiment by UW psychiatrist Ned Kalin, approved in April, calls for removing 20 newborn monkeys from their mothers and subjecting them to anxiety-inducing tests [such as introducing them to live snakes]. After just over a year, the monkeys will be euthanized so that their brains, along with those of 20 animals in a control group, can be studied with newly developed brain-imaging equipment. ALDF's blog post about the video quotes Randall on why he's come out against the monkey experiments. "I want everyone to know we live in a world which has a very hard time learning from its past," he says. "I created this ...
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My Dog and I Did a Fitness Boot Camp Together. I Know What You're Thinking. 3.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
My idea of a good workout is a nice long walk , and my dog thinks that is even a bit too strenuous. It seemed we were both going to push past our natural laziness on a recent evening, when we turned up at a park in Northern Virginia for an hour-long class that combines fitness for people and dogs, and a dollop of obedience training . Murray's favorite form of physical activity is lifting his head up off of the couch to see if the cats are doing something naughty. He is an obedience school dropout Karen Krieg spent a decade working in politics. Deciding she "wanted to help people," she says, she moved onto being a fitness trainer for humans and then an obedience trainer for dogs -- then realized that she could pull the best elements of both fields together, into an efficient hour-long session. "D.C. is a place where everyone is busy," Krieg explains. She began running Thank Dog! Bootcamps about two years ago. (Thank Dog! is a California-based company with licensed outposts in a smattering of other places ...
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Volunteers Rescue Dog Covered In Rock-Solid Tar, And He's A Whole New Pup After A Little TLC 2.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This poor dog was found stuck to the ground near a construction site in northwestern India, encrusted in a solid coat of tar. A passerby who saw him called the rescue group Animal Aid Unlimited , which cares for street animals. Volunteers brought the pup back to AAU's sanctuary, then spent two days rubbing vegetable oil on the dog in order to loosen the tar. The rescue took place in mid-August. Get ready for your tear ducts to loosen when you see how happy this pup is now: "There was no way he could have come out of his own, without any intervention," Claire Abrams, co-founder of Animal Aid Unlimited, told CNN . Abrams says that the dog has been vaccinated and is recovering nicely at Animal Aid's sanctuary in Udaipur, where he now lives among the group's dogs, donkeys, cows, cats and other resident animals, many of whom have their own remarkable , heartbreaking rescue ...
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Nearly 1,000 Chickens Killed With A Golf Club At Foster Farms Plant In California 1.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Someone recently broke into a California poultry plant and bashed nearly 1,000 chickens to death with a golf club, according to police. At least one intruder broke into the chicken sheds at a Foster Farms facility in Caruthers, near Fresno, on the morning of Sept. 20, clubbing 920 birds to death and then leaving , according to the Fresno Country Sheriff's Office. A piece of a golf club was found at the scene, and police told local media they believe another weapon was also used. "In law enforcement we see bad things all the time, but this is beyond comprehension, that people could take so much time to do this ," Deputy Chris Curtice of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department told Fox station KMPH. "This is sick. Whoever did this is a sick individual. This is psychopathic behavior." “ It’s crazy that someone would break into the chicken shed to kill them . It’s just crazy,” Foster Farms employee Antonio Puentes told local CBS station KPIX. Foster Farms has been in the headlines in recent months due to ...
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Pit Bull Discrimination Is Never OK -- Especially For A Superhero Therapy Dog 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Aladdin is such a superhero that an anonymous fan gave him a shiny green costume over the summer. "He loves dressing up. To him, that's a sign that he's going to work," says his owner, Michele Schaffer-Stevens, who has been caring for Aladdin for about a year and a half now. Aladdin's job is as a volunteer therapy dog. He goes to schools, nursing homes, libraries -- anywhere people may find comfort in a dog wearing a fancy outfit. Well, almost anywhere. A Philadelphia-area hospital stirred controversy this summer after rejecting Aladdin for its therapy dog program, seemingly on account of his pit bull-shaped head . After an outraged response from members of the therapy dog and animal rescue communities, Richard P. Miller, Virtua hospital's president and CEO, issued a statement that the hospital does not discriminate against dogs by breed . Miller said Schaffer-Stevens hadn't filled out the correct paperwork and invited invited her to try again. Last week, Dean Mazzoni, a vice president, called to say ...
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Pit Bull Mix Who Overcame Brutal Abuse And Inspired Animal Rights Law Honored With Hero Award 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scars from the past don't necessarily define the future. While the stories of all eight finalists for the American Humane Association's 2014 American Hero Dog Award are nothing shy of incredible, Susie, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, won the coveted prize Saturday night. Each of the pups and their owners took the stage at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, to be recognized for their work -- from search and rescue to medical aid to arson investigation. Susie's list in particular goes on and on. As a puppy, Susie was found savagely beaten, burned and left for dead in a park in Greensboro, North Carolina. Luckily, a local animal shelter stepped in to address her wounds, and Donna Lawrence decided to adopt her. Less than a year prior, Lawrence had suffered an attack from a neglected pit bull that left her severely injured and unable to have children . However, she met Susie as she struggled with a deep depression of her own, and was able to find strength in their bond . "I was drawn to her spirit -- her ...
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Why Is a Holocaust Survivor Leading a Fast Against Animal Slaughter? 27.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this week, hundreds of thousands of people tuned in to an intimate, honest, and eye-opening " Ask Me Anything" interview on Reddit with Holocaust survivor, social justice advocate, and animal rights pioneer Dr. Alex Hershaft. He will be undertaking his 32nd annual " Fast Against Slaughter " next Thursday, October 2, and people wanted to know why. In His Own Words... According to Dr. Hershaft , after working on animal farms in the US: "I noted the many similarities between how the Nazis treated us and how we treat animals, especially those raised for food. Among these are the use of cattle cars for transport and crude wood crates for housing, the cruel treatment and deception about impending slaughter, the processing efficiency and emotional detachments of the perpetrators, and the piles of assorted body parts - mute testimonials to the victims they were once a part of." He was, however, quick to refute the notion that he was necessarily equating humans with farmed animals. [I am] pointing to the ...
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Oregon Court Says Animals Can Be Crime 'Victims,' Like People. So What Does That Mean? 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, the Oregon Supreme Court issued two rulings widely celebrated as major victories for animal rights, granting animals legal protections formerly reserved for humans. In State v. Nix , the court held that animals -- namely, 20 goats and horses, found starving among the bodies of others that hadn't made it, on the defendant Arnold Nix's farm -- can each be considered individual "victims" under the law. In State v. Fessenden , also involving an emaciated horse, the court upheld the warrantless seizure of an animal found to be starving, under an "exigent circumstances" exception to the Fourth Amendment. But some, like the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Oregon animal welfare attorney Dane Johnson have pointed out the rulings' limits . ALDF, for example, expressed disappointment that the court did not go even further and explicitly decide if a broader Fourth Amendment exception -- the " emergency aid exception " -- also applies to animals. This exception, ALDF writes, is "similar to the exigent ...
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Sen. Jim Inhofe's Pigeon Shoot Draws Criticism 24.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is facing criticism from animal rights groups over a fundraiser he held earlier this month in which live pigeons were thrown into the air for participants to shoot out of the sky.

Illinois-based Showing Animals Respect and Kindness released video on Tuesday that shows dozens of pigeons being killed by shotgun wielding participants, including Inhofe. Capt. Tony Woodruff of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's law enforcement division says live pigeon shoots, while not common, are legal in Oklahoma.

Inhofe campaign spokesman Rusty Appleton confirmed that the Republican senator did participate in the live pigeon shoot Sept. 5 at the Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf. Appleton described the shoot as a "longstanding traditional shooting sport."

Several animal rights groups have condemned the practice.
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Miami University Students Encouraged To Crush Beer Cans Because Skunks 24.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio college president says the school supports safety for skunks, and for other furry creatures, too. Miami University President David Hodge has thanked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for its offer to send safety posters after a skunk recently got its head stuck in a beer can near a fraternity house. The posters urge people to crush cans for animal safety. Hodge wrote to PETA to say that the Advocates for Animals student group will work on the poster safety campaign. He says the school appreciates the effort to remind the community to crush and recycle cans, not only to preserve resources but to protect animals from harm. "We share your desire to have no more stuck skunks!" Hodge wrote. The posters PETA offered Monday to send to Miami show a raccoon with head stuck in a tin can and says crush cans for animal safety, urging: "Don't let this happen again." "Aluminum cans, plastic cups, and open jars can become death traps for hungry or inquisitive animals if they ...
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Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Desmond D'Sa on a Global, Grassroots Response to U.N. Climate Summit 23.9.2014 Democracy Now!
Two days after the historic People's Climate March, world leaders are gathering in New York City today for a United Nations summit on climate change. President Obama, along with more than 100 heads of state, are expected to attend. But the leaders of several major polluters, including China, India and Canada, are skipping the talks. The summit is part of a lengthy and so far failed process leading to climate negotiations in Paris next year, when countries will seek a binding deal to limit the emissions that cause global warming. We speak to three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva of India, Desmond D'Sa of South Africa, and Winona LaDuke of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.
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